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It's spring in Kentucky and that means lamb. The great news...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have a variety of lamb cuts available on Saturday! Look for leg of lamb, lamb shanks, rack of lamb, lamb roast, lamb spare ribs, ground lamb, etc. See what I mean? It's lamb time in Kentucky and especially at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! :)
The folks at Stone Burr Farm will be starting their 2013 Bluegrass Farmers' Market season by bringing their lamb and honey this Saturday. They were nice enough to give us some recipes for us to share. Let's start with what they promise is a crowd favorite at potlucks, picnics and anytime folks gather.
1 lb. of ground lamb; browned and drained of fat
2 cans of black eyed peas; drained and rinsed
2 cans of undrained diced tomatoes
2 - 3 t. olive oil
1/2 cup of chopped onion
5 cloves of garlic; minced
If using dried herbs:
1 t. basil
1 t. oregano
1 t. thyme
(may substitute 1 T. of dried Italian seasoning for the above)
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. salt
Heat olive oil in large skillet. Saute garlic and onion, add ground lamb, black eyed peas, tomatoes, herbs and seasonings and mix well. Continue cooking on the stove top at a slow simmer until liquid is reduced but Hoppin John isn't dry; about 30 minutes. Or continue cooking in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
We use a cast iron skillet and bake in the oven. The last five minutes of cook time we add a cup of sharp cheddar cheese and let it melt.
Serving suggestions: serve Hoppin John over rice or use as a dip with tortilla chips.
P.S. Make sure you save this recipe for the New Year...it's a must have southern tradition!
Here's another favorite from the folks at
Stone Burr Farm!
Honey Glazed Leg of Lamb
Leg of lamb (5-7 lbs.)
1/2 tbsp of dried rosemary
2 tsps. of dried thyme
1/2 c. honey
Preheat the oven to 450oF
Thaw the leg of lamb. Wash and pat dry with paper towels. Coat the entire surface with the grainy mustard. Sprinkle the rosemary and thyme over the mustard then pat to make sure that the herbs don’t fall off. Sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly-ground pepper.
Place the leg of lamb on a roasting rack and pop into the oven. Cook at 450oF for 30 minutes then lower the heat to 300oF and continue cooking.
Use a meat thermometer and insert it at the thickest part of the meat. Depending on how rare you want your meat (roast lamb is best when the meat is still pink at the center), the leg of lamb is ready when the thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140oF (rare) to 160oF (well done).
Halfway through the cooking time, baste the leg with pan juices.
Take the lamb out of the oven and brush all over with honey.
Now, here’s the most important part. After taking the lamb out of the oven, let it rest uncovered for about half an hour before cutting. Resting allows the juices to settle and for the meat to re-absorb the juices so that they don’t drip off when the meat is cut. Therefore, you get moist meat. Trust me, patience gets well rewarded in this case. And don’t worry about the meat getting cold. Meat that thick takes a long time to turn cold.
After the meat has rested, take your knife and start slicing and carving, making sure that every slice has some of the wonderful herb and honey glazed crust.
Cooking time (duration): 2 and 1/2 hours or more, depending on the weight of the lamb leg
Number of servings (yield): 8 to 12
Yup, we'll have plenty of various cuts of lamb
available this Saturday!
Stone Burr Farm
Hope to see y'all at the market!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 09:06 AM EDT
This is it...Saturday will be the last market day of the 2012 season. It's always a bittersweet day. The fields are showing the signs of the season and growth has slowed down. The farmers are tired and looking forward to a wee bit of a break...like that ever happens! Lol They will be spending the next few months ordering seed, getting the fields ready for spring planting and even planting fall crops like garlic. But the saddest part is not seeing the smiling faces that we all have become accustomed to on Saturday morning...our customers. :) We'll miss you, but we'll be back in April!
2012 was a great year for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! We welcomed new farmers who brought a variety of new items to the market. We now have beer cheese, lamb, goat, rabbit, homemade pet treats, grape jelly and even more baked goodies! We opened the Willow Oak satellite location and the area customers loved it! We showed our appreciation to our customers by making sure that they had market tote bags to shop with...they were a big hit! Although we were not voted number one in Kentucky for the third year in a row, we did win our class! Thank you all for your votes! It's a very nice feeling to know that our customers went out of their way to show how much they appreciate our farmers. Heck, it makes our hard work worthwhile and it really makes us wish that it was April already! It'll be here soon...we promise!
Okay, enough about our wonderful season....we have our last Saturday market to talk about! The farmers will still have all sorts of goodies available. Maybe it's time to stock up on a few things!
Here's a bit of what you'll find on Saturday...
BEAN SOUP MIX
JAMS & JELLIES
POPCORN...STILL ON THE COB!
HOME BAKED TREATS
ETC., ETC., ETC!
Do not forget, FMNP vouchers are good until October 31st! This program is a great way for families to get the benefits of fresh, homegrown goodness at farmers markets. In case you did not realize this, each year the allotments are based on the previous years usage. So if you have a voucher, please use it so that we can continue to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy our bounty. We hope the seniors took advantage of the SFMNP...the vouchers expired on October 25th.
~*~ 2012 MARKET HOURS ~*~
3450 Richmond Rd.
Saturday 9 until 2 LAST DAY FOR THE 2012 SEASON
Tuesday 3 until 6 CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
We'll be set up in the beautiful tree lined parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall on Richmond Rd. It's just a hop, skip and a jump outside of Man 'O War Blvd. Parking is right there so you don't have to drive around hunting for a spot to park. The parking lot is also paved and that makes it very stroller and wheelchair friendly!
Come visit us Saturday...
it's our last market day of the 2012 season!
730 Millpond Rd.
Saturday 9 until 2 or until sold out CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!
Thursday 3 until 6 CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
You can find us in the parking lot of the Willow Oak swimming pool off of Boston Rd. Free and convenient parking at all times!
We'd like to thank all of our customers for a great
2012 Willow Oak market season...
We hope to see you in April!
The Bluegrass Farmers' Market
is Lexington's largest
100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
And, each farmer is certified...
WIC & FMNP Cards!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 11:25 AM EDT
Local and homegrown are always winners but the Bluegrass Farmers' Market has the blue ribbons to prove it! Two of our member farmers scored big at the Kentucky State Fair. The competition is fierce but they still managed to bring home the coveted blue ribbons!
We're very proud to announce that Keith Green of Honey Dew Apiary won six blue ribbons with his fabulous honey. Way to go Keith! We knew that your honey was the very best around but you sure made us extra proud of you with your entries at the Kentucky State Fair.
Kirby Overman of Overman's Bluegrasss Fruits & Vegetables also scored big in the ribbon department! This man can grow veggies and his showing at the Kentucky State Fair sure showed it. So far he has won ribbons for his eggplant, Halloween pumpkins, large cushaw, pie pumpkins, striped cushaw, sweet banana peppers, beets and green beans! I told you that the Overman's know how to grow and their blue ribbons show it! He wanted me to let you know that he still has the opportunity to win in the senior division. Gotta love that, an old guy growing award winning veggies!
The members of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market take great pride in what they grow, raise, bake and make and it sure shows when you have folks that win at the Kentucky State Fair! We congratulate them and say that we are darn proud to have them as friends and fellow farmers at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!!!
WTG you two! Thumbs up for both of you.
P.S. Wish I had the brains to remember to bring the camera so I could have taken a picture of our winners. I'll do it next week at the market. Lol
Oh, one more thing...we do have farm fresh eggs available!!!! Just thought I would add that little comment seen as how America seems too be going through a “bad egg” thing. :(
Once again...local is always better and apparently safer!!!!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 11:27 AM EDT
I sat down this morning and started to type out the usual “what everyone will have” thingie and decided against a list. Instead, I am going to tell you about all of the wonderful things that we enjoyed from the market last week and the things we hope to try this Saturday.
The very first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful hanging basket full of colorful flowers. And, I loved the price too! You know that I just had to have at least one of them to hang near my front door. Then a sign caught my eye, it was for broccoli! Oh my gosh, I have been waiting for fresh broccoli and believe me I was not disappointed. We had broccoli with three meals this week! I guess we should have saved room for the sugar snap peas that are soon to be history for the summer. Not to worry, I froze a bunch! It's so easy to do. I trim, wash and pat dry then put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. That way I can just load individual peas into a freezer bag and take out only what I want each time. :) Better hurry and get your supply before they run out!
Unfortunately, it's about the same way with the Kentucky strawberry crop...it's about nearing the end for the year. :( We'll still have some available so get your winter “strawberry fix” now. They freeze beautifully too! Or, you could make your own jams and jellies but why bother when our farmers are experts in doing it for you. I learned a long time ago that some things are best left to others and while my freezer jam is good theirs is much better.
We had friends over for a big breakfast during the holiday weekend and I have to tell you that we received raves about the farm fresh eggs. It just doesn't get any better than an omelet made with fresh eggs, spring onions, spinach and a slice of zucchini bread...oops, forgot the ripe tomato slice that added all of the color to our plates!
So, what do you need to put on your market list for this Saturday? Sugar snap peas, strawberries, asparagus and lettuce are going to be in short supply soon so enjoy them while you can. The good thing is you can add some new things to your list, like squash, new potatoes, green beans, leeks, cabbage and the start of the tomato season! The great part about being a 100% homegrown market is that you never have time to get bored with any one veggie! It's true, we're about “lettuce saladed” out and now we have broccoli and tomatoes to enjoy! Heck, corn will be here before we know it...I am not holding my breath but it won't be long.
I believe that it is time for me to get myself busy getting ready for the Saturday market just like the rest of our farmers. Don't forget that you can always find the Kentucky Proud value added items such as baked goods, soaps, herb seasoning and honey. We'll even have some good stuff for you to sample this Saturday at the market!
Shopping at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market is purely a local experience and one that everyone should enjoy. Our farmers work hard each week so that you can take home nothing but homegrown goodness to share with your family and friends...that's what local is all about! Having said that, we sure would appreciate your vote in a contest for America's Favorite Farmers Market. We could win all sorts of goodies that we get to share with our customers. So, please help us by going to http://www.farmland.org/vote and vote for the Blue Grass Farmers Market. Our farmers will be thrilled to know that you all appreciate the fact that they grow, bake, raise or produce everything that they sell...100% guaranteed!
2010 Market Information
3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot, right next to the Glenn Auto Mall.
Parking is always FREE and we are stroller and wheelchair friendly!
Because we think everyone who shops at a farmers market deserves to be talking to the farmer who grew, baked, made or created what they are selling!
We are Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
~*~ NOW ACCEPTING EBT/DEBIT CARDS ~*~
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 11:19 AM EDT
Saturday's market is sure to make you smile! Let's start with the sweet stuff first. How about some pumpkin cookies, zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake or plenty of homemade jams and jellies. Our farmers have been busy in the kitchen!
How about the sweet goodies fresh from our gardens? We'll have wonderful blueberries and maybe even some black raspberries. Can you drizzle honey on berries? Why not and we'll have plenty of local honey too!
Now for the “good for you” veggies! Fire up your grills and serve some tasty onions, new potatoes and squash. Don't forget the wonderful sugar snap peas, turnips and the crisp lettuce. One of our farmers will even have some fresh garlic! Pair that with a pot of kale, Swiss chard and mustard greens and you've got a pot full of goodness!
Don't forget those fresh cut herbs like basil, oregano and mint! Did you know that you can dry them easily for use during the winter months? Just wash them, pat them dry and then place them on 2 sheets of paper towel and cover with 2 more sheets of toweling. Microwave at 50% power for about 3 minutes and you should have beautiful dried herbs! Make sure you store them in an airtight container and keep them away from the sun and heat. You'll be glad you had them when winter soup time comes along! Of course, if you don't want to spend the time drying your own herbs we've got hand blended herb seasoning available too!
Treat dad on his special day to a steak or burger with some of our locally raised beef! And, don't forget to decorate the table with some beautiful Lisianthus or other fresh cut flower...we'll have plenty of bouquets available! Maybe you could give him a surprise and plant some beautiful lilies or gorgeous bedding plants in the garden. Or, treat him to his own banana tree!!! Or, perhaps a good soak in a hot tub with some wonderful handmade soaps!
As you can tell, our farmers are busy working to make sure that you have the very best in 100% homegrown or produced good stuff! We guarantee that you won't find anything that was trucked in to our market. We do it all!!!
Hope to see you all on Saturday at the market! We're located at 3450 Richmond Rd. in the Fast Sign and Pedal the Planet tree lined parking lot. It's right next to the Glenn Auto Mall and we have plenty of convenient parking available. Heck, we're even stroller and wheelchair friendly! And, rumor has it that dogs get a treat from one of our farmers, so bring “Fido” too!
Market hours: Tuesday 3:00 until 6:30 and Saturday from 9 until 2!
Remember, we are the ONLY 100% HOMEGROWN or PRODUCED FARMERS MARKET in LEXINGTON! And, all of our farmers are certified KENTUCKY PROUD!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 07:21 AM EDT
The sun will be shining and the farmers will be smiling this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers Market!
That's because they'll be bringing the freshest and the very best that the area has to offer to our market location at 3450 Richmond Rd. The trucks will be unloaded and the tents will be set up and ready for business at 9am!
Make plans to come and visit with us especially if you are looking for beautiful red, ripe strawberries! Or maybe you're looking for something green like sugar snap peas, snow peas, crisp lettuce, mixed greens, asparagus, rhubarb or broccoli. Perhaps something in a brownish tint like the wonderful new potatoes or farm fresh eggs. Don't forget the beautiful golden yellow color of honey, beeswax candles, lip balm, home baked breads and Amish cheese. It could be that you are looking for something white and you can be sure to find plenty of spring onions too. Who said eating fresh food wasn't colorful!!!
Speaking of color, how about making your outdoors as beautiful as your plate. Our farmers will be bringing plenty of vegetable plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herb plants and even some tropical plants like banana trees!
Now that you have the color in your home covered how about some wonderful scents! Can you smell that kettle of homemade bean soup cooking? Or the wonderful scents of the herb seasonings while you're cooking on the grill. Maybe you just want to relax in a tub of warm water with a beautiful bar of scented soap. And, finish the day off with a bite out of a fabulous cookie or jam cake!
You'll be able to find all of this and much more this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers Market! Don't forget that if you see it at our market, you'll also see the farmer that grew it, baked it, raised it, made it or created it! We are 100% homegrown or produced...guaranteed!!!
You can find us in the tree lined parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet just next door to the Glenn Auto Mall on Richmond Rd. We'll be there from 9 until 2 and sure hope you'll come visit Lexington's only 100% grower/producer market!
Posted by Kentucky Proud
@ 06:10 AM EDT
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